Projects

The projects of Careum Research are concerned with care for the elderly and long-term care in private households. The central and overarching theme is independent living for those with chronic conditions. The areas of focus are reconciling work with caring for relatives (“work & care”), children and adolescents as family carers (“Young Carers”), people living at home as they get older (“Ageing at home”) and patient involvement and health literacy.

All projects of Careum Research

Psychosocial Support for Promoting Mental Health and Well-being among Adolescent Young Carers in Europe (ME-WE)

Research programme “Young Carers”
Brief description: The international EU-research project examines the situation of adolescent young carers in six different European countries.
Duration: 2018–2021
External funding: Horizon 2020

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Adolescent young carers and young adult carers between school, education and work

Research programme “Young Carers”
Brief description: The project examines how we can support adolescent young carers and young adult carers in the transition phase between school, education and work.
Duration: August 2017–June 2020
External funding: Ebnet Foundation, Prof. Otto Beisheim Foundation, Health Promotion Switzerland

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work & care modular

Research programme “work & care”
Brief description: The aim of the project is to make our experiences available to companies in the form or flexible modules and thus simplify and improve the compatibility of care responsibilities and paid work in Switzerland.
Duration: June 2018–May 2020
External funding: Federal Office for Gender Equality FOGE

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IBH Living Lab “Active & Assisted Living”

Research programme “Ageing at home”
Brief description: The Living Lab “Active & Assisted Living” is about testing the latest technologies available to support elderly people and people requiring care and to remove any obstacles.
Duration: 2016–2020
External funding: Interreg V-programme “Alpenrhein-Bodensee-Hochrhein”

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Double-Duty Caregiving Plus (DoDuCa+)

Research programme “work & care”
Brief description: The project examines the role played by relatives with relevant expertise in relation to safety-related healthcare incidents.
Duration: June 2018–November 2019
External funding: Nursing Science Foundation Switzerland

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Case Management

Research programme “work & care”
Brief description: The aim of the project is to analyse the current situation, as regards the term “case management” in Switzerland, and come up with suitable recommendations for action.
Duration: June 2018–May 2019
External funding: Netzwerk Case Management Schweiz

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Evaluation “Discovering recovery methods“

Research programme “Ageing at home”
Brief description: Careum Research evaluates an advanced training to support the recovery process of people who have suffered psychological trauma and promote self-efficacy.
Duration: 2017–2018
External funding: Pro Mente Sana Foundation

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Evaluation “Experienced Involvement“ (EX IN)

Research programme “Ageing at home”
Brief description: Careum Research evaluates an advanced training that enables people with psychiatric experience to play a participatory role in healthcare.
Duration: 2017–2018
External funding: Luzerner Psychiatrie

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Evaluation of CareNet+

Research programme “Ageing at home”
Brief description: Careum Research evaluates the CareNet+ care network for the elderly, which is intended to coordinate collaboration between existing service providers on a case-by-case basis and ensure a better fit.
Duration: 2016–2018
External funding: Pro Senectute canton of Zurich, Federal Social Insurance Office

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Children, adolescents and young adults as family carers in Switzerland

Research programme “Young Carers”
Brief description: The aim of this project is to obtain reliable data concerning the type, nature and intensity of care and support responsibilities.
Duration: October 2015–October 2018
External funding: SNSF Money Follows CH-UK, 10001AM_160355

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Distance Caregiving

Research programmes “work & care”, “Ageing at home”
Brief description: The project investigates the possibility of help and care, even at a distance.
Duration: 2016–2018
External funding: German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, SILQUA programme

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Inpatient-outpatient transitions in the era of DRGs: the legal framework and current practice

Research programme UZH (cooperation with Prof. Dr. iur. Agnes Leu)
Brief description: At the interface between inpatient and outpatient care, the research team investigates the forms of care chosen by patient groups.
Duration: 2015–2018
External funding: Swiss National Science Foundation SNSF/DORE

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work & care integra

Research programme “work & care”
Brief description: Careum Research investigates the terms within which Spitex can manage to employ relatives providing care.
Duration: Pilot project until December 2013, ongoing activities
External funding: CTI innovation grant

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Double-Duty Caregiving

Research programme “work & care”
Brief description: The research programme sheds light on the dual role of health professionals in and around Zurich who also care for relatives who are ill, disabled or elderly.
External funding: Swiss Nursing Sciences Foundation (Basel), City of Zurich Department of Health and Environment, Department for the Equality of Men and Women in the canton of Zurich

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COSS study – self-management support for women with breast cancer

Research programme “patient education”
Brief description: The study aims to develop and test a self-management programme for women with breast cancer.
Duration: September 2016–November 2017 (end of project participation by Careum Research)
Financial support: Swiss Cancer Research, Lindenhof Foundation Bern

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Evaluation of the new care financing arrangement

Research programme “Ageing at home”
Brief description: The study investigates the actual effects of the new care financing arrangement.
Duration: April 2016–November 2017
Crontracting authority: Swiss Federal Office of Public Health

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Carpe diem: supporting the personal life projects of people aged 60+

Research programme “Ageing at home”
Brief description: The aim of the project is to provide a postgraduate course that will help to support people aged 60+ in pursuing life projects in retirement.
Duration: October 2015–September 2017
External funding: Swiss Federal Commission for Technology and Innovation (CTI)

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Evaluation of the project “Zeitvorsorge St. Gallen”

Research programme “Ageing at home”
Brief description: Careum Research evaluates the time provision project in the city of St. Gallen, where sprightly senior citizens support their peers in need of help to accumulate time credits for their own support in old age.     
Duration: May 2016–April 2017
Contracting authority: Office for Social Affairs, St. Gallen

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USECARE AAL – use cases for informal care

Research programme “patient education”
Brief description: The project team evaluates the benefits of the electronic self-management programme Senaca from the perspective of patients and relatives.
Duration: May 2015–March 2017
External funding: European Union – Active and Assisted Living Research and Development Programme; Swiss State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI)

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Evaluation of the project “Älter werden im Quartier” in the city of Frauenfeld

Research programme “Ageing at home”
Brief description: Careum Research evaluates the model project “Getting older in an urban district” in Frauenfeld.
Duration: 2014–2017
External funding: Age Stiftung

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Evivo course for providing access to vulnerable groups

Research programme “patient education”
Brief description: The project concerns the Evivo course programme, which aims to make self-management support more accessible to migrants with chronic conditions.
Duration: 2015–2017
External funding: Swiss Federal Office of Public Health

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Evaluation of the “Recovery Fundamente” and “Peer Qualifikation” continuing education courses

Brief description: The project is responsible for the concurrent scientific evaluation of  two continuing education courses aimed at people with experience of mental illness and recovery as well as psychiatric treatment.
Duration: 2015–2016

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Organisational survey on working conditions and health issues in healthcare professions

Research programme “work & care” (collaborative project with UZH)
Brief description: The collaborative project investigates the relationships between workload and health problems in the healthcare professions in Switzerland.
Duration: 2014–2016
Financial support: Suva

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Joint living arrangements in the second half of life

Research programme “Ageing at home”
Brief description: The project undertakes a survey of the variety of communal living concepts in the canton of Zurich.
Duration: 2013–2016
External funding: Heinrich and Erna Walder Foundation, Zurich

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Young carers qualitative survey & practical tool for healthcare

Research programme “Young Carers”
Brief description: The project comprises a qualitative survey of children, adolescents, young adults and professionals and the development of a specific tool for professionals in healthcare and social services.
Duration: January 2015–August 2016
External funding: Ebnet Foundation

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Self-managed life at home – arrangements by people with spinal paralysis

Research programme “work & care” / ”Care Migration”
Brief description: The project investigates the experiences and strategies of people with spinal paralysis regarding the issue of domestic care and support.
Duration: November 2014–summer 2016
Partner in practice: Swiss Paraplegic Foundation

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work & care connect

Research programme “work & care”
Brief description: A needs analysis will show whether alliances between organisations and care centres are possible in order to enable employees to use daytime and night-time services for their relatives requiring care in the same way that they use nurseries for the care of their children.
Duration: Pilot project until May 2015, further activities
External funding: Swiss Federal Office for Gender Equality (FOGE) as part of the financial support in accordance with the Equality Act

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The aging demographic in central Switzerland

Research programme “work & care”
Brief description: The project sheds light on the "work & care" situation in selected organisations in central Switzerland.
Duration: December 2013–December 2015

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work & care plus

Research programme “work & care”
Brief description: The online platform www.workandcare.ch has been developed as part of the project.
Duration: February 2013–August 2015
External funding: Swiss Federal Office for Gender Equality (FOGE) as part of the financial support in accordance with the Equality Act

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Long Independent Living Assistant (LILA)

Research programme “Ageing at home”
Brief descritption: The project team has developed an Internet-based Ambient Assisted Living Assistant, which enables telemonitoring and individual teleconsultancy for elderly people in their own homes.
Duration: 2013–2015
External funding: Swiss Federal Commission for Technology and Innovation (CTI)

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Ageing in Munich

Research programme “Ageing at home”
Brief description: The study sheds light on the various facets of ageing in a large city with reference to the baby boomer generation.
Duration: 2013–2015
External funding: Provincial capital of Munich and Supreme Building Authority of Bavaria

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Co-production in the welfare mix of working with the elderly and family support

Research programme “Ageing at home”
Brief description: Recommendations for the effective co-production of professionals, volunteers and families regarding the care of people with dementia are developed in the project.
Duration: 2011–2014
External funding: German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, SILQUA programme

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Support services and financial contributions for relatives

Research programme “work & care”
Brief description: The study aims to conduct a survey of the financial contributions and support services for relatives providing care and support.
Duration: 2013–2014
External funding: Swiss Federal Office of Public Health

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Region-oriented generation management

Research programme “Ageing at home”
Brief description: The project team has developed a tool that permits SMEs in regional areas to evaluate generation management autonomously and to derive measures from this evaluation.
Duration: 2012–2014
External funding: IBH – Internationale Bodensee Hochschule (a union of German, Austrian, Liechtensteinian and Swiss universities in the Lake Constance region)

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Swiss Cancer League

Research programme “work & care”
Brief description: This project focuses on the decision-making routes taken by people suffering with cancer and their relatives regarding the reconciliation of work and care.
Duration: 2013
External funding: Swiss Cancer League

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Care Migration – transnational care arrangements in the private household

Research programme “work & care” / “Care Migration”
Brief description: The study is concerned with the relevance of health policy and the extent of care migration, as well as its effects on the healthcare system in Switzerland.
Duration: 2011–2013
External funding: Federal Statistical Office, Swiss Health Observatory (Obsan)

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InnoWo – living at home until the end of life

Research programme “Ageing at home”
Brief description: The research team investigated how people needing care can, with intensive support management, stay at home until the end of their life.
Duration: 2009–2012
External funding: German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, SILQUA programme

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Care migrants providing domestic care: Spitex assessment

Research programme “work & care” / “Care Migration”
Brief description: The project focuses on the challenges and opportunities of care migration from the perspective of Spitex.
Duration: December 2011–April 2012
External funding: Cooperation with the City of Zurich, Department for Equality

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work & care practical tools

Research programme “work & care”
Brief description: Careum Research has developed three practical tools to facilitate the reconciliation of work and care.
Duration: May 2010–October 2011
External funding: Swiss Federal Office for Gender Equality (FOGE) as part of the financial support in accordance with the Equality Act

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Case Management

Research programme “work & care”
Brief description: The aim of the project is to develop a case management profile for relatives providing care who also work for a living.
Duration: 2010
External funding: Paul Schiller Foundation

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work & care 2

Research programme “work & care”
Brief description: Careum Research investigated the interfaces between the professional and family care system.
Duration: May 2010–February 2013
External funding: Swiss National Science Foundation SNSF/DORE

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work & care 1

Research programme “work & care”
Brief description: The project aims to ascertain and conceptualise individual and operational challenges in reconciling work and care.
Duration: November 2007–October 2009
External funding: Swiss National Science Foundation SNSF/DORE

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Institutional Review Board

With the Institutional Review Board (IRB), Kalaidos University of Applied Sciences ensures its compliance with national and international standards of research ethics. Since 2009, the IRB has been serving as a high-calibre expert committee for quality assurance and ensuring the ethical integrity of research projects conducted by both students and staff from Careum Research.


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